As the final events play out for the 2013 season on the worldwide professional golf tours, the winning ways continue for players trusting Titleist. Relying on a Pro V1x golf ball and new AP2 irons (714 series) among his full bag of Titleist equipment, Brand Ambassador Zach Johnson rallied from four shots behind with eight holes to play to capture the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge. The comeback will be long remembered for a stunning hole out by Johnson on the 72nd hole that forced a playoff in which he ultimately prevailed.

 Joining Johnson in this week's winners' circle, Titleist Brand Ambassador Marcelo Rozo captured his first career victory on the LatinoAmerica Tour, raising the trophy at the VISA Argentina Open. Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball players have now won 158 tournaments on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, nearly four times the nearest competitor with 40 and more than all other competitors combined.

 To date, 22,010 players have trusted a Titleist golf ball across the worldwide professional tours in 2013, more than six times the nearest competitor with 3,238 and more than all other competitors combined.

Let's review this weekend's action from around the golfing world with the Team Titleist Tour Recap.

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PGA TOUR (Unofficial): Northwestern Mutual World Challenge

Johnson's dramatic finish came after his approach to the 72nd hole found the hazard fronting the 18th green. Playing his fourth shot from a drop zone 58 yards from the flag, Johnson played a knockdown shot with his Vokey Design Hand Ground, 60-degree, V-Grind lob wedge that skipped, bounced twice, halted inches beyond the pin and then spun back gently into the heart of the cup, capping a 4-under round of 68. The par matched his playing partner, who got up and down from a greenside bunker at the last to send the contest to extra holes. Both players finished with 13-under 275 scoring totals.

 Returning to the 444-yard 18th hole at Sherwood Country Club for the first playoff hole, Johnson struck a perfect drive down the right side of the fairway. Relying upon his new AP2 9-iron, Johnson struck a solid approach that left him a 15-foot birdie putt. His birdie bid burned the left edge of the cup, but the tap-in par was all he needed after his fellow competitor made bogey.

Just prior to attending the Northwester Mutual World Challenge, Johnson visited the Titleist Test Facility in Oceanside, CA.  During testing with the Titleist Club R&D Team, Johnson decided to put new AP2 irons (714 series) in the bag, as well as a new 18-degree 913FD fairway metal.

The new AP1 and AP2 (714 Series) irons feature progressive designs to produce optimum launch, trajectory and distance for each loft.  Advanced CG height progression, precisely designed into both models, creates higher launching long irons and flatter launching short irons for more carry distance with outstanding control to help players stop the ball on the green, closer to the hole.

While the World Challenge is not recognized as an official event on the PGA TOUR schedule, it does provide world ranking points and the win vaulted Johnson to No. 9 in the Official World Golf Rankings.  This marks the first time in his career that Johnson has occupied a spot in the top-10.

"I feel very fortunate, and a bit lucky," Johnson would say after the victory. "A little too dramatic for me.”

Though luck was on his side at the last, Zach's play down the stretch seemed to foreshadow the memorable shot. On the par-5 16th, he laid up and nearly holed a sand wedge from 88 yards. The shot led to a tap-in birdie. On the very next hole Johnson flagged his 8-iron tee shot, sinking a four foot birdie putt that gave him a share of the lead as they headed to the wild finish.

WHAT’S IN ZACH JOHNSON’S BAG?: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, 913D2 (8.5°) driver, 913FD (15.0°, 18.0°) fairway metals, AP1 (4) and new AP2 (5-9) irons, Vokey Design SM4 pitching (48°) and sand (54°) wedges, Vokey Design Hand Ground (60°, V-Grind) wedge.

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LATINOAMERICA TOUR: VISA Argentina Open

 Of the 131-player field, 108 players trusted Titleist golf balls, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 13.

In the final event on the 2013 LatinoAmerica Tour calendar, Marcelo Rozo closed with an even-par 72 on Sunday, good for a 10-under-par 278 and a two-shot margin of victory in his first LatinoAmerica Tour win.

Jeff Gove (Pro V1x), a three time winner on the Web.com Tour, finished with a 5-under 67 to take solo second at the event.

Two players tied for 3rd at 7-under 281, including fellow Pro V1x loyalist Bronson Burgoon.

WHAT’S IN MARCELO ROZO’S BAG?: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, 913D2 (8.5°) driver, MB irons, Vokey Design SM4 approach (52°) and lob (58°) wedges.

 

Across the world of golf, the winning momentum continued for Titleist golf ball players, as two more Titleist golf ball loyalists entered the winners' circle this week, led by Titleist Brand Ambassador Gagnjeet Bhullar, who captured his first Asian Tour victory of the season at the Indonesian Open.

Along with Pro V1x loyalist Fabian Gomez, who captured his maiden LatinoAmerica Tour victory at the Personal Classic, Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball players have now won 157 tournaments on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, nearly four times the nearest competitor with 40 and more than all other competitors combined.

To date, 21,749 players around the world have trusted a Titleist golf ball on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, more than six times the nearest competitor with 3,206 and more than all other competitors combined. Proof yet again that Titleist is the #1 ball in golf.

Let's take a trip around the golfing world with the Team Titleist Tour Recap.

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ASIAN TOUR: Indonesian Open

Of the 144-player field, 96 players trusted Titleist golf balls, more than 5 times the nearest competitor with 18.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Gagnjeet Bhullar won in wire-to-wire fashion on Sunday, closing the Indonesian Open in style with a bogey-free 3-under 68 in the final round. The win marks the fifth career Asian Tour victory for the Indian.

Bhullar, who shot four rounds in the 60s, posted a 16-under 268 total, good for a three-shot margin of victory.

"In golf anything is possible, that's what I have always believed in,” said Bhullar after the win. “If you have trust in your abilities and will power, you can excel anywhere.”

WHAT’S IN GAGANJEET BHULLAR’S BAG?: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, 913D2 driver (7.5°), 913FD fairway metal (13.5°, 18.5°), AP2 irons (3-9), Vokey Design SM4 pitching (48°), sand (54°) and lob (60°) wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport 2 putter.

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ONEASIA TOUR: Emirates Australian Open

Of the 156-player field, 115 players relied upon Titleist golf balls, more than five times the nearest competitor with 21.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott came within a single shot of capturing a rare Australian triple crown on Sunday, posting a runner-up finish at the Emirates Australian Open. Scott, who earlier this month had captured both the Australian PGA Championship and Australian Masters (in addition to partnering for an Australain win in the World Cup), shot a 1-under 71 in his final round at Royal Sydney GC. He posted a 17-under 271 total, one shot away from forcing a playoff.

Scott, who had set a course record with his opening round 10-under 62, kept the near-miss in perspective. Though admitting to reporters on Sunday that he "was gutted" at not having closed out the Aussie Open, he recognized how successful 2013 has been for him.

"It's been a great year. Obviously I didn't want to finish like that (but) I'll get over this tonight and look forward to a few weeks rest and get ready to go next year".

In addition to his wins down under, Scott captured his first major title at this year's Masters Tournament and added a FedExCup playoff event win at The Barclays. He is currently ranked No. 2 in the Offical World Golf Rankings.

WHAT’S IN ADAM SCOTT’S BAG?: Titleist Pro V1 golf ball, 913D3 driver (9.5°), 910FD fairway metal (15°), 712U 2-iron, 680 irons (3-9), Vokey Design SM4 pitching (48°) and sand (54°) wedges, Vokey Design TVD K-grind lob (60°) wedge, Scotty Cameron Futura X long putter.

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LATINOAMERICA TOUR: Personal Classic

Of the 132-player field, 107 players trusted Titleist golf balls, more than 8 times the nearest competitor with 13.

It was a 1-2-T3 finish at the Personal Classic in Buenos Aires, where each of the top-6 players relied on a Titleist golf ball for his success.

Pro V1x loyalist Fabian Gomez captured his first LatinoAmerica Tour title on home soil on Sunday, closing with a 5-under 67 at La Reserva Cardales. The performance gave the Argentine a 19-under 269 total, two shots clear of fellow Pro V1x loyalist Christian Espinoza.

Bronson Burgoon (Pro V1x) and Matias O'Curry (Pro V1) both posted 7-under 65s in the final round for a share of joint 3rd place with Pro V1x loyalists Rafael Echenique (66) and Maximiliano Godoy (69).

 It was a quick flip of the European Tour calendar as the 2013-14 season kicked off this week with the South African Open. And carrying over the excitement from last week’s finale in Dubai that featured Pro V1x loyalist Henrik Stensontaking home the DP World Tour Champions title along with the season-long Race to Dubai, Titleist Brand Ambassador Morten Ørum Madsen began the new season in style, trusting a Pro V1x golf ball and Titleist golf clubs through the bag in claiming his first career European Tour title.

Madsen’s win highlighted a weekend in which Titleist golf ball players claimed five victories around the globe, including Shanshan Feng’s win at the CME Group Titleholders (Pro V1x/LPGA Tour); Luke Donald’s successful defense of his title at the Dunlop Phoenix (Pro V1x/Japan Tour); Titleist Brand Ambassador Aron Price’s win at the Gloria Jeans New South Wales Open (Pro V1x/Australasian Tour); and Guang Ming Yang’s victory at the China PGA Champions Chongqing Event (Pro V1x/China PGA Tour).

 To date, 21,391 players around the world have trusted a Titleist golf ball on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, more than six times the nearest competitor with 3,252 and more than all other competitors combined.

 Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball loyalists have now won 155 tournaments on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, more than four times the nearest competitor with 39 and more than all other competitors combined.

This is Team Titleist, let’s wrap-up the week…

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EUROPEAN PGA TOUR: South African Open Championship

 Titleist golf ball loyalists accounted for 109 players in the field of 156, more than five times the nearest competitor with 19.

The 25-year-old Madsen closed with a five-under par 67 to finish with a 19-under 269 victory total, two shots clear of Titleist Brand Ambassador Jbe Kruger and Pro V1x loyalist Hennie Otto. Madsen was one of only two players in the field to shoot all four rounds in the 60s, posting scores of 67-66-69-67.

“I’m just over the moon,” the Dane said after his breakthrough win. “I’m so happy. I mean coming down here, I expected to play well but I didn’t expect to stand here. It’s kind of clichéd to say it hasn’t really sunk in, but it really hasn’t.”

What’s in Madsen’s Bag?: Pro V1x golf ball, 913D3 driver (9.5°), 913F fairway metal (15°), 913H hybrid (17°), 712U 3-iron, MB irons (3-9) 714 series, Vokey Design Spin Milled pitching (48°), sand (54°) and lob (60°) wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport putter.

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LPGA TOUR: CME Group Titleholders

 Titleist golf ball loyalists accounted for 41 players in the field of 69, more than five times the nearest competitor with 7.

It was a 1-2 finish for Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalists at the season-ending CME Group Titleholders where Shanshan Feng closed with a six-under par 66 to claim the richest prize in women's golf.

Feng opened with four birdies in six holes to go from two shots down to the outright lead, and never gave ground the rest of the way.

Pro V1x loyalist Gerina Piller finished solo second to post her best finish on the LPGA Tour.

Feng played the final 31 holes without a bogey. The win was her third of the year.

Fellow Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Stacy Lewis became the first American since 1994 to win the Vare Trophy for her 69.484 scoring average, the lowest this year on the LPGA Tour.

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JAPAN TOUR: Dunlop Phoenix

 Titleist golf ball loyalists accounted for 37 players in the field of 84, compared to 23 for the nearest competitor.

Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Luke Donald fired a final round 5-under par 66 to successfully defend his title at the Dunlop Phoenix.

Donald extended his overnight two-stroke lead to a winning margin of six by posting seven birdies and two bogeys en route to a 14-under 270 victory total.

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AUSTRALASIAN TOUR: Gloria Jeans New South Wales Open

 Titleist golf ball loyalists accounted for 111 players in the field of 144, more than five times the nearest competitor with 21.

Titleist Brand Ambassador and New South Welsh native Aron Price (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 913F fairway metal, 909H hybrid, 712U utility iron, new CB irons (714 series), Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron GoLo putter) won the NSW Open by four shots over fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Jack Wilson (Pro V1, 913D2, 913FD, 712U, 714MB irons, Vokey wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Notchback putter) and Titleist golf ball loyalists Adam Bland (Pro V1x) and Aaron Townsend (Pro V1).

“I grew up playing in the NSW junior events and I caddied in this event 20 years ago. I have always remembered that so I would rather win the NSW Open then the Queensland or West Australian Open,” Price said following the victory.

Nine of the top 10 finishers, including each of the top seven, all relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success at the event.

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CHINA PGA CHAMPIONS TOUR: Chongqing Event

 Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 102 players in the 133-player field, more than five times the nearest competitor with 18.

Entering the final round three shots behind the leader, Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Guang Ming Yang closed with a 2-under-par 70 to capture the China PGA Champions Tour’s Chongqing event.

Yang finished with a 14-under par 274 victory total, three shots clear of two players, including Pro V1 loyalist Bin Yan.

The win marks the first career title on the China Tour for Yang.

Eight of the 13 players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.

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